Valley Forge FAQs

Slave on the boat with Washington

Q.Was there an African slave in the boat when Washington crossed the Delware River?
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A.Supposedly, an African American man by the name of Prince Whipple was in the boat with Washington when he crossed the Delaware. The event occurred in 1776 — a year before the Valley Forge encampment. For more information, you can try visiting a site associated with the "Crossing of the Delaware."

SAS, Courtesy The Valley Forge Historical Society

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